Friday, September 22, 2017

Marc Bamuthi Joseph: The Closest Thing Going to Freedom..

Monday, October 2, 6:30 PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.
 In this talk for Chicago theatre artists and administrators, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, arts activist, spoken-word poet, dancer, playwright, and Chief of Program and Pedagogy for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), will describe how an artist can bridge the gap between the personal and the institutional in pursuit of cultural shift. The presentation will draw connections between Joseph's creative work on stage developing /peh-LO-tah/ and the exciting vision he has implemented at the YBCA, and as curator of performance. By using culture as an instrument for social change, YBCA is re-imagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves. Additional examples will include his public practice with Creative Time, Life is Living, and the Guggenheim. In all cases, it's not just interdisciplinary collaboration that drives Joseph's vital work; it's cross sector conversation as a means of both research and goal setting.
This event is FREE, but RSVPs are kindly requested.
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MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH is an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, the winner of the 2011 Alpert Award in Theater, and an inaugural recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. In addition, he’s served as an advisor and panelist for the Rockefeller MAP Fund, the PEW Charitable Trust, and the Zellerbach Family Fund among other national philanthropies. He is the founding Program Director of the exemplary non-profit Youth Speaks, and is a co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks through hip hop arts and focused environmental action. Mr. Joseph recently premiered the Creative Time commission “Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos” in New York’s Central Park, and is currently completing a new work with Bill T. Jones for the Philadelphia Opera while serving as Chief of Program and Pedagogy at YBCA in San Francisco.

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